Flagstaff, AZ
Northern Arizona University


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Samantha
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visiting the colleges so you get a feel for the campus and what the students are like. It is important to find the right fit and you will know just by seeing the college in person.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The library isnt open 24 hours, it closes at midnight during the week and at 6 on the weekends.

Megan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give parents, is to listen to your child when choosing the right school. After all, they are the one's go...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give parents, is to listen to your child when choosing the right school. After all, they are the one's going to school (you can't relive your glory days through them). Give lists of affordable colleges if cost is an issue. And if your child chooses a school that is out of your price range, make a solid effert to look into all financial aid and scholarships to make that school choice a reality. But other than that, let them decide what college they think is best for them. As a student trying to find the right school for you, I recommend touring the college and imagine yourself living there. Does it fit? Do you see yourself living and studying there? I toured over 30 schools and I only felt that way about one school. And that school is where I have spent 3 almost 4 years now! Choose a school that feels like it could be an exciting challenge, but not too far out of your element of comfort. And when you get there, involve yourself with groups or activites that make you feel a part of your chosen campus!

What's unique about your campus?

The small classroom size really helps students to not be intimidated or scared out of asking questions or participating in classroom discussions.

Aryn
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you can deal with he snow and the altitude. The campus is small compared to the othe state schools but it is interactive and really diverse. You won't have a problem finding a niche to identify with. The professors are nice, kind, and caring as long as you make sure they know who you are; so get to know them. The cost is worth the beauty of both the campus, and the education. The people are generally nice, and the RA's are genuinely interested in creating community.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How hard it would be to be a Christian on campus.

Lynsey
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Northern Arizona University is a great school for students who are open-minded (liberal) and who have a more relaxed attitude...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Northern Arizona University is a great school for students who are open-minded (liberal) and who have a more relaxed attitude, but are still goal-oriented.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visting the campus of a perspective school is always a good idea, but there is only so much that you can learn from a school-run orientation program. I would recommend getting together with someone who actually goes to the school (not an orientation leader who has been instructed about what to say and what to show you). A regular student can give you a better idea about the ambiance of the campus. You really don't want to start at a college and realize that you don't fit in there. I got really lucky with the school that I attend, because it happened to reflect a lot of my personal views. But some people aren't so fortunate. Get a REAL feel for the schools that you're considering, and when you find the right one, you'll be much happier there.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

More people! I came to this school from a completely different state. I made a few good friends right away, but I somtimes wish I had come to college with a friend or two from high school.

Jordan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The biggest advice that I could give about picking the right college would be to pick the one you're happiest with. College c...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The biggest advice that I could give about picking the right college would be to pick the one you're happiest with. College can be the best time of your life but if you hate your campus, you'll never love it. Some people choose based on financial reasons, but really, you can always take out loans and pay them back after you get a job. Ultimate happiness during the years when you're growing the most should be important overall. The easiest way to make the most of college once you've picked one is to be outgoing. Don't be afraid to talk to other people, incoming freshman are in the same boat you are, in a strange place and unsure what to expect. It's a great time to bond.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Hardly an awful thing, the worst thing is the weather. I'm not a big fan of snow, or the cold.

Kandyce
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school has snow and a more diverse atmosphere.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school has snow and a more diverse atmosphere.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When choosing a college or university to attend, I think it important to first choose a school in an area that you would feel the most comfortable in. For example if you hate thte heat, you propbably should not choose a school in Phoenix, Arizona. Then you would have to decide what areas of study you are interested in. You do not have to choose a major right away but you should have a pretty good idea of what you want to study. Making the most of your experience in college is to stay involved and not be afraid to try anything new. College is a new experience in itself and in order to make the best of it, you should always get involved and participate in school spirit activities. With this, you would meet all types of people while enhancing your diverse look on the world. You cannot lose focus on why you are in college so ofcourse school work should come before any other extra-curricular activities. If you follo those basic guidelines, your college experience should be very interesting and rewarding.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known the limits to the dorm sizes.

Robert
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would suggest considering every possibility and inquiring your child about what they are thinking about majoring in. This w...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would suggest considering every possibility and inquiring your child about what they are thinking about majoring in. This will be able to help narrow down the choices. In addition, money is always a factor and if there is a good in state college then that should be looked at. There's an innumerable amount of scholarships that are not given out each year because not enough students apply for them. I suggest spending much time looking for any possible scholarships (academic and non-academic). Safety can be an issue, but more than likely not. If you're considering living in a dorm then you may want to get a safe or a trunk with a lock for your valuables. Most importantly, too many students underestimate the importance of daily attendance for classes. I strongly advise any freshmen to be punctual at least for there first semester and then decide whether or not it is important. Social experience is huge, so I consider getting involved in as much extra-curricular activities as you can. Clubs are huge and greek life is always a possibility. Have fun, but not too much fun!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who enjoys down to earth people and being outside. Someone who doesn't mind cold weather and enjoys snow. Anyone who likes to be around friendly people and living in a small town. Someone who likes smaller classes and getting to know people better would love NAU. The college seems less materialistic than bigger city colleges, if someone prefers that.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing is that kids leave often to go to the valley or back home on the weekends. It is pretty hard to find a decent off campus job since it is a small town. That's about it.

Tonya
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Having good programs for education, forestry, and hotel and restaurant management as well as being in a beautiful location. T...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Having good programs for education, forestry, and hotel and restaurant management as well as being in a beautiful location. Tuition and cost of attendance is affordable and classes are small.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choosing the right college and enjoying the four, five, or six years it takes to get a degree pose one of the biggest challenges to students and their families. It is essential when applying to schools to visit the campus and see what it feels like, how well the student fits and whether or not he or she can see themselves there. Once school starts, it is important that the student gets involved and learns as much as they can about their institution, connecting up with Residence Life, Student Life, advising centers, etc. Parents have to learn how to let go a little but still maintain a supportive attitude; hovering parents can be one of the most difficult challenges a student has to overcome. Parents who know what kind of services are available on campus and can direct their student as needed are also a vital asset to a student's success. Open communication and respect between the student and parents facilitate a great transition to and experience in the university or college environment.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is inflexible, unwilling to expand their ideas, and can't handle the cold. Flagstaff and NAU demand a hearty student and a person who knows they will be challenged at least socially if not academically.

Annie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents, you want your child to grow and to learn. When choosing a college with your child, keep in mind that there is so muc...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents, you want your child to grow and to learn. When choosing a college with your child, keep in mind that there is so much more learned in school than academics. Make sure your child looks for a school that matches their interests, but also look for a school that blends with your child's distinct personality. You want to still know who your child is when holidays and weekends home arrive. To be sure, you will have a different child on your hands at the end of the first year of college, so keep interested even when this wonderful human bursting with a new adventure is far away. College is the time when suddenly all those lessons you tried to teach are suddenly learned. They forget to thank the ones who originally told them those things, but you can be their support and guide so that the lessons are fully learned and so that they can learn that all the advice you tried to give them in their high school years was sincere. Finally, they will see you as the viable part of their life that you have been all along.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The most frustrating thing about NAU is that it was started as a Normal School, a school for teachers, and is still so well known for that, but has a president who does not desire to focus his attention or to allocate funds to this part of the school. Instead, he spit for summer school maybe, or deal with it if you need the wonderful heart of NAU.

Carrie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Some advice for finding the correct college is to see how the enviorment is as well as the class size .

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Some advice for finding the correct college is to see how the enviorment is as well as the class size .

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

About how I can receieve one on one interaction with the professor.

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